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Vice mayor: Enough is enough

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Colorado Springs Vice Mayor Larry Small has notified the city attorney and other members of the City Council that he will no longer support closed sessions about the city’s dealings with the U.S. Olympic Committee. He told City Attorney Patricia Kelly that he appreciates her concern about discussing the current litigation in private. “But I… Continue Reading Vice mayor: Enough is enough

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The U.S. Olympic Committee has notified the city that it is withdrawing from the “Economic Development Agreement “executed by the city, LandCo and the USOC on March 31, 2008.

“The USOC has terminated the Economic Development Agreement, the Design Build Agreement and Affiliation Agreement amongst the city, LandCo and the USOC,” USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel wrote in an e-mail. “That said, we are still in discussions with the city and LandCo to find a resolution to the open issues and, if possible, see these projects fully developed and delivered.”

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American businesses have seldom created products for or aimed advertising at the 55-plus demographic. Preferring to concentrate upon the next generation of consumers, the 18-34 age cohort has been the primary target of advertisers for decades, or at least since Pepsi-Cola’s discovery of “The Pepsi Generation.” The theory was – and is – a simple… Continue Reading Advertisers shift focus away from 18-34 demographic

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It’ll be interesting to watch the forthcoming dustup between The Independent and The Gazette’s new four-day-a-week free publication, which will distribute 10,000 copies of each issue in the city’s core areas. Somewhat to its embarrassment, The Gazette has had to abandon its original name, “Ink” (turns out that name’s taken), and replaced it with FreshInk.… Continue Reading No early line on who’ll win Indy vs. G battle royal

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Old is Gold

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The United States might be going through one of the deepest recessions since the early 1980s, but some businesses that cater to baby boomers and the generation that preceded them are thriving. Collin Sutz, a hearing instrument specialist at All American Hearing said his company is seeing new clients and staying busy. “You know that… Continue Reading Old is Gold

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The Colorado Springs Police Department said this morning that it has requested $11.7 million in federal funding related to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Most of the money would be used to support additional personnel, including $5.8 million to hire 28 new police officers and pay their salaries for three years. Other money would be used to hire administrative personnel, to replace bulletproof vests and to address other departmental needs.

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Governor signs job-creation legislation

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Gov. Bill Ritter today signed legislation that he believes will help companies create new jobs, allow Colorado to compete for new businesses and strengthen community college job-training programs to better meet workforce needs of emerging industries. “The two bills I signed today mark a key step toward our long-term vision of creating a modern, knowledge-based… Continue Reading Governor signs job-creation legislation

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For those of us who work for the 99.99 percent of American newspapers that are not The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal, it’s always a source of delight and pride when reporters from small, unheralded papers win a Pulitzer Prize. The big dogs always get their share – this… Continue Reading Decline, debt and the demise of the daily newspapers

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The Springs an ‘art destination’

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The June issue of American Style magazine ranked Colorado Springs 17th among the top 25 mid-sized U.S. cities that are art destinations. The rankings are based on a readers’ poll, and Colorado Springs beat out destinations such as Providence (18th), Honolulu, (20th), and Tampa (25). Other Colorado cities in the rankings included Denver (13th among… Continue Reading The Springs an ‘art destination’

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Luke Travins doesn’t much like the proposed public improvement fee that Mayor Lionel Rivera has been peddling to downtown establishments during the last several weeks.

The voluntary 1 percent fee, which bars and restaurants would collect from patrons to help finance the U.S. Olympic Committee’s new headquarters building, has serious structural problems, said Travins, who is part-owner and regional manager of Concept Restaurants, which owns Jose Muldoon’s, MacKenzie’s Chophouse and The Ritz Grill in downtown.

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